Chôeki Tarô: Mamushi no kyôdai
First entry in the Viper Brothers series, starring Sugawara Bunta and Kawachi Tamio as two wild young thugs and wanna be yakuza. One of the countless Tōei series starring Sugawara during the 1970s, the 8 entries were released between 1971 and 1975.
This first movie is a yakuza eiga with touches of pink and comedy, a hybrid between Battle Without Honor and Humanity and Torakku Yarō, so to speak. Alhough it’s a bit too meandering, it takes its time to get into the rhythm, and altough I deeply despise the glorification of the yakuza code (ninkyō) in movies, and the film is not free from it, it was a pleasant viewing. Especially when the two protagonists are involved in the…